Last updated on: 7/6/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Minerals Management Service (MMS) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“There is tremendous need and interest in developing options to increase domestic energy production. MMS is key not only for offshore oil and gas, but also for the burgeoning renewable energy industry. Recent legislation has enhanced and expanded the Bureau’s responsibilities on a number of fronts—both in terms of expanding access to OCS acreage for oil and gas development and implementing a new program that will provide for alternative energy development on the OCS…

Energy forecasts through 2030 show that the rate of growth in total U.S. energy consumption is expected to increase more rapidly than the growth in domestic energy supply. Energy resources on the OCS currently supply about 27 percent of the Nation’s oil production and 15 percent of the Nation’s natural gas production, and these lands will become an increasingly important source of domestic energy supplies—for conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas, and for alternative or renewable energy…

According to most forecasts, fossil fuels (oil and natural gas and coal) will continue to be the principal means to satisfy future energy demand for many years. While it is clearly important to pursue energy from alternative and renewable resources and increase conservation and efficiency, any realistic solution to increasing our energy security must also focus on increased domestic production of coal, oil, and natural gas.”

“Budget Justifications and Performance Information Fiscal Year 2009,” www.mms.gov, 2009

Description:

“The Minerals Management Service (MMS), a bureau in the U.S. Department of the Interior, is the Federal agency that manages the nation’s natural gas, oil and other mineral resources on the outer continental shelf (OCS). The agency also collects, accounts for and disburses more than $8 billion per year in revenues from Federal offshore mineral leases and from onshore mineral leases on Federal and Indian lands. The program is national in scope and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The MMS is comprised of two major programs: Offshore Energy and Minerals Management and Minerals Revenue Management. The Offshore program, which manages the mineral resources on the OCS, is comprised of three regions: Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific. The Minerals Revenue Management program is headquartered in Washington, D.C., but operationally based in Denver, Colorado.”

“About the Minerals Management Service,” www.mms.gov (accessed July 7, 2009)

Mission:

“MMS’s mission is to manage the ocean energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf and Federal and Indian mineral revenues to enhance public and trust benefits, promote responsible use, and realize fair value.”

“About the Minerals Management Service,” www.mms.gov (accessed July 7, 2009)

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  1. What Are Alternative Energies?